Hi! My name is Maddie, and I’m a rising sophomore at the Ohio State University, studying Public Health and Scandinavian Studies. I’m from a small town just outside of Boston (I’m gonna be #BostonStrong ’til the day I die), but decided to shake it up a bit and moved to the Midwest. At school, I’m part of the most wonderful student org with some of the loveliest ladies in Columbus, called CHAARG (more info at chaarg.com)!
Growing up, I’ve always had a very dynamic relationship with food. My mom went to culinary school for undergraduate, and as a child, she taught me and my twin sister everything she knew about cooking. This would always culminate in these wonderful Sunday night dinners at our house, where our neighbors would bring appetizers, cheese plates, etc., and my mother would cook these beautiful meals to gather everyone together, just to sit down and breathe at the end of one week and the beginning of the next. From there, I really decided that I loved food and the effect it had on those close to you.
Through late elementary school, my parents noticed I was a smidgen larger than the other kids, and started trying all sorts of crazy ways to slim me down (Putting a non-celiac 4th grader on a gluten-free diet is a terrible idea). My mother even signed me up for Weight Watchers when I was 12 years old. It almost made me resent food, just because of how they were trying to make me see it, as something to be wary of. As a kid, that kind of behavior makes an impact that lasts.
In high school, I became a varsity rower for a local club, and my views of food shifted drastically from enjoying it, to using it as fuel. I counted calories hard, making sure I was getting the exact nutrients I needed at the exact right times in order to perform as an athlete. It almost made eating a chore, and took so much more thought that it used to.
Now I’m off at college, not under my parents’ rule, not an athlete, just a student who’s trying to change the way she see food. That balance takes a while to develop, but with how I love now, I know I can get there!